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Jakob Chychrun
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Born March 31, 1998 (1998-03-31) (age 21)
Boca Raton, Florida
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
OHL team Sarnia Sting
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2016
Arizona Coyotes
Playing career TBD–present

Jakob Chychrun (born on March 31, 1998) is an American-born Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently an alternate captain for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

He was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (16th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Minor Playing CareerEdit

Jakob started playing hockey in his home state of Florida with the Juniors Everblades and the Florida Jr. Panthers organizations.

When he was thirteen, Jakob joined the Little Caesars hockey organization in Detroit, Michigan where he played his major bantam season. At the time, he continued living and practicing in Florida, travelling to Michigan on the weekends to play.

The following season, he remained with Little Caesars, playing for their U16 team.

In 2013, Jakob was drafted by the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL draft. USA Hockey had implemented a rule requiring fifteen year old players to receive a special exemption to play junior hockey. He applied for one, but was denied.

Instead, Jakob moved to Toronto and played his minor midget season for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens in the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

Major Junior Playing CareerEdit

Jakob was selected first overall by the Sarnia Sting in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. He had a strong rookie season for the Sting and at the end of the season was nominated for the Emms Family Award for outstanding rookie; the Max Kaminsky Trophy for defenseman of the year; and the Red Tilson Trophy for OHL Player of the year.

Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Jakob was highly regarded by scouts and was considered one of the top defencemen available. He was described as a defenceman that plays in all situations, doesn't make many mistakes and can impact a game when needed.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTMMHL 29 16 27 43 28 14 5 8 13 16
2014–15 Sarnia Sting OHL 42 16 17 33 37
2015–16 Sarnia Sting OHL 62 11 38 49 51 7 2 6 8 8
OHL totals 104 27 55 82 88 7 2 6 8 8

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada Ontario U17 5th 5 1 3 4 4
2016 Canada WJC18 4th 7 1 3 4 8
Junior totals 12 2 6 8 12

International PlayEdit

Jakub competed with Team Ontario at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where he scored four points in five games. He was the first minor midget player to have played for Team Ontario at the tournament.

AccoladesEdit

Honours Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge (Team Ontario) 2014
Jack Ferguson Award 2014

Personal LifeEdit

Jakob is the son of Jeff Chychrun and the nephew of Luke Richardson, who are both former National Hockey League (NHL) defencemen. He is of Ukrainian descent.